As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump head toward their first debate on Monday, they accuse each other of being dishonest and untrustworthy. A new poll by Gallup shows that voters agree with both candidates on this issue. Most don’t believe that either candidate is honest or trustworthy.
About a third of 1,033 adults polled considered each of the candidates honest and trustworthy. Thirty-three percent felt the terms applied to Clinton and 35 percent agreed that they described Trump. The difference was well within the four percent margin of error.
The candidates were closely matched on many of the other questions asked by the survey as well. Voters were almost evenly split on whether the candidates “can get things done,” are a “strong and decisive leader,” or “can bring about the changes this country needs.”
Donald Trump’s largest edge over Hillary was on the question of who “is healthy enough to be president.” He led that question with a 17-point margin. He also edged out Mrs. Clinton on who “stands up to special interest groups” by six points.
Hillary Clinton won four categories by comfortable margins. Voters felt that she had the experience required to be president by a 69 to 29 margin, the largest split of any question in the poll. When asked who “would display good judgment in a crisis,” Hillary beat Trump by 15 points. Respondents also felt that Hillary “cares about the needs of people like you” by an eight-point margin.
Mrs. Clinton also won on the question of who was more likable by 12 points (50-38 percent). Perhaps then-Senator Barack Obama was right when he condescendingly told her in a 2008 debate, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary.”